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Adler After Dark: Out in Space | June 20, 2019

Meet “Out in Space” Panelist: Bryan Terrazas

Tuesday June 18th
Megan Lothamer

Meet Dr. Bryan A. Terrazas, NSF Fellow and Rackham Merit Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan, at Adler After Dark: Out in Space! Dr. Terrazas will be featured in a panel discussion about the importance of having a broad range of perspectives in the scientific community. Why have you chosen […]

Looking Up and Reaching Out

Friday June 14th
Aubrey Henretty

“One of the things I’m passionate about is bridging the culture wars,” Adler Astronomer Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase says cheerfully. In her office, Grace is rifling through a stack of bright pink foam-board posters featuring portraits of religious people who’ve made great contributions to science. She separates one from the rest. The bearded face on it […]

How Many People Does it Take to Discover a Planet?

Tuesday June 11th
Pedro Raposo

The evening of March 13, 1781, William Herschel was observing the sky with a fine 7-foot refracting telescope he’d made by himself, from the backyard of his home in Bath, England. At that time, Herschel was earning his bread as a musician, but he had been developing a strong interest in astronomy, sacrificing many of […]

Imagining the Moon

Friday June 7th
Andrew Johnston

You probably know that it takes many minds and lots of teamwork to achieve scientific breakthroughs like human spaceflight. But did you know the same principle applies to complex terrestrial feats like producing a planetarium show? The Adler’s newest show, Imagine the Moon, was a massive team effort. The Adler’s Guest Experience and Theaters teams […]

Man looking through a pair of telescopes into Chicago's night sky.

Adler Skywatch: June 2019

Saturday June 1st
Karen Donnelly

The longest days and shortest nights of the year—for Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, anyway—take place this month, June 2019. The first day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere occurs on the solstice, at 10:54 am CDT on the 21st. It’s the longest day of the year, with the Sun rising very early and setting very late. […]

Hudson touching a real meteorite in 2014

The tale of an Adler Planetarium family: It’s not (all) about the kids

Tuesday May 28th
Megan Lothamer

We’ve been an Adler family since our son, Hudson, picked up his first toy space shuttle and never put it down. I remember his first trip—when he was perhaps three years old—and the look of wonder on his face as it dawned on him that the rockets, the planets, the stars, and moon were all […]

A Model of 250,000 Galaxies and 40,000 Quasars

AstroFan: COSMIC VOIDS!

Monday May 27th
Bianca Anderson

Header Image Photo Credit: Mark Subbarao, Dinoj Surendran, and Randy Landsberg Hello! Welcome to our 4th AstroFan! The past few features have dealt with some of the coolest objects in space (neutron stars, our Moon, exoplanets, etc)—this feature of AstroFan is going to switch things up and focus on the actual SPACE around these objects, […]

Adler Staff Star | Lee Garcia

Adler Staff Star: Meet Lee!

Friday May 24th
Bianca Anderson

Lee GarciaFacilities Support Team Lead You’ve worked at the Adler for 6 years. (WOW!) What is one of your favorite memories from your time here? Finding love under the stars! What is your favorite exhibition, sky show, or experience at the Adler? Why? My favorite exhibit in the building would have to be between The […]

YOLO Teens Talk Light Pollution

Monday May 20th
Rosalía Lugo

Youth Organization for Lights Out (YOLO) is a STEM civic action program created to empower high school youth to advocate within their community about a single environmental issue: light pollution. The program began in a biology class at World Language High School located in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood. It has evolved into an afterschool program […]

The First Planetarium in Space

Friday May 17th
Megan Lothamer

By Jesus Garcia (Electronics Design System Engineer and Educator) and Dr. Geza Gyuk (Astronomer). On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Adler sent its first mission to space! This ambitious project was a collaboration between students, scientists, and volunteers from around Chicagoland. Last spring, students from the ITW David Speer Academy, a public four-year charter high […]

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